There could be over a dozen players leaving Manchester United this summer according to one report.
The Daily Mail has published a damning report which has suggested that a staggering 14 players could be leaving Manchester United this summer as Louis van Gaal comes in and looks to create a serious shake up of personnel at Old Trafford.
Nemanja Vidic has said goodbye to the United faithful who watched his last appearance against Hull City last night but according to the paper, he’s unlikely to be the only high profile departure this summer.
“Nemanja Vidic is already heading to Inter and as many as 13 others could have their Old Trafford farewells – It may too be Paul Scholes’ last appearance for some time at the stadium he knows so well,” writes the Mail.
Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and interim boss Ryan Giggs himself are among the players listed as under danger by the daily newspaper, with futures in doubt ahead of the summer.
Some fans will suggest that this is exactly what United need as they prepare to fight for domestic glory next season.
There have been reports suggesting real fear around Old Trafford that it could be a long time before the side is back at the top of the Premier League and one of the ways van Gaal can eradicate that possibility is to spend big.
Plenty of top quality, and expensive, players remain linked with United and the club has enough stature and history to be able to attract top players this summer without any form of European football to boast.
That will be seen as a temporary glitch by anyone who signs a United contract this summer with van Gaal likely to be under immense pressure to at least get into the top four if he’s given a deal.
The danger in bringing in what the Mail suggests would be an entire new team is that it will take time for those players to settle in, time that United don’t necessarily have.
Van Gaal will also be out under a lot of pressure in the transfer market because if he becomes the new United boss, he won’t start the job until after the World Cup this summer.
That reduces the amount of time he has to negotiate some very big deals for United and decreases the chance that he’ll get all of his first choice targets.
It should be a fascinating spectacle to watch.